4 months ago
Job Title : Associate Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Coordinator
Location : Bristol - Bristol, BS32 4UB UK (Primary)
Organisational Unit : Hoare Lea -> Specialist Group
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Other
Education : Bachelor's Degree
Job Description : Associate Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Coordinator
We are currently looking for a highly motivated Associate Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Coordinator or planner with EIA drafting and review experience to join our Planning Support Services team to be based in the Bristol or London office. This is an excellent opportunity to help drive an exciting new service by pulling together multiple established disciplines to offer more value to our clients.
We are a highly successful multi-disciplinary international firm of Consulting Engineers. With a focus on the built environment, our design-led service is supported by our commitment to innovation and engineering excellence. By looking at the building as a whole, including taking account of its context and the wider environment, we are involved in all aspects of development, from initial client discussions through to the building’s occupation and operation.
As an Associate EIA Coordinator with us you will be leading a multidisciplinary team with specialist skills in acoustics, air quality, environmental lighting, sustainability and utilities. Your knowledge of the planning system and client requirements will guide the wider Hoare Lea Planning Support Services offer. You will provide the focal point for our clients and brief our existing teams of technical specialists with the necessary information, acting as an internal EIA coordinator. Your experience as an EIA coordinator or planning consultant will provide you with a good overview understanding of the planning support services we offer and assist with the coordination of our work on a project. We believe that having an expert in the planning system and EIA Regulations to assist and guide the wider team will result in a written product that better connects with our clients and the planning system.
Our broad range of projects include mixed developments, residential, commercial, leisure facilities, schools, universities and health care facilities across the whole of the United Kingdom.
What you’ll be doing
As a key member of the Planning Support Services team, you will take briefs from the Team Leader/Director but work under your own initiative in managing the delivery of large and complex projects through planning from inception to completion. Your role provides an essential coordination of the individual disciplines that assess technical topics, to ensure that there is a common focus on planning and the issues that are important for that development. This will be achieved through your broad high-level understanding of the individual disciplines and in-depth knowledge of planning and EIAs to know what detail may or may not be relevant for any particular assessment, and by informing the client of any high-level implications of design decisions.
Internally, you will be ultimately responsible for the delivery of a number of chapters for the Environmental Statement, providing tailored briefs to each technical team at the project start, ensuring coordinated site visits, optimising resource sharing across the team, assisting with the drafting of ES chapters and undertaking final reviews of all chapters.
Externally, you will be the main point of contact representing Hoare Lea in the client design team. You will be in regular contact with the Hoare Lea team to understand what information is required for the various assessments, and you will relay a consolidated list of requirements to the various external stakeholders.
Your responsibilities will include:
Acting as an internal EIA coordinator, manage the coordinated planning-stage assessments for large and complex projects from feasibility through to planning condition discharge;
Providing the collaborative client facing element for a number of technical disciplines;
Attending design team meetings to relay high-level information relevant to all Hoare Lea disciplines to the client team;
Acting as the main point of contact, both internally and externally to Hoare Lea;
Identifying potential high-level constraints and implications of design changes relevant to the Hoare Lea technical disciplines;
Briefing the Hoare Lea team of project changes, client concerns and the programme;
Working with different clients’ ES templates and project requirements to coordinate the drafting of the various HL chapters;
Being able to work with and have an appreciation of the integration of other construction professionals’ requirements for projects;
Managing shared resource to minimise repeat tasks and site visits by the different Hoare Lea team;
Thoroughly checking work undertaken by others and ensuring a consistent approach to assessment throughout the wider Hoare Lea team;
Reviewing and commenting on information provided by the client and other members of the professional team;
Effectively managing and motivating colleagues within and outside of the HL team; and
Effectively delivering the required output to meet the timescales agreed with the Team Leader/Director.
What we’re looking for
Qualifications and Memberships
· A second or first-class degree in environmental science;
· A member of the Institute of Environmental Management Assessments (MIEMA); and
· A Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).
Skills and Experience
· A minimum of 7 years previous work experience in an Environmental Impact Assessment coordinator or planning consultant with EIA experience role;
· Strong understanding of the UK planning process;
· A good understanding of: Acoustic, air quality, environmental lighting, sustainability and utility assessments;
· Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English;
· Strong report writing and reviewing skills;
· Fully understand the requirements of an EIA and what should be included in an ES Chapter;
· Knowledge of planning legislation, policy and guidance documentation;
· Strong organisational and planning skills;
· Ability to work both in a team environment and independently;
· A friendly, ambitious and positive individual with a flexible and resilient approach;
· Ability and commitment to effectively deliver to demanding timescales;
Able to develop effective client and fellow professional relationships at a project level for future business growth;
Able to positively work as part of a team and motivate junior team members; and
Have an appreciation of fee cost control and resource planning.
What we can offer you
· Competitive starting salary;
· Professional development training scheme;
· 25 days’ annual leave;
· Market leading benefits package;
· A senior position in an exciting new and growing area of work;
· Working on exciting projects from day one; and
· Exposure to variety of sectors and disciplines.Any offer of employment will be conditional upon you providing evidence of your right to work in the UK.
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